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Elijah Conliffe Will Be Back In Happy Valley
Official Visits— Elijah Conliffe (@ElijahPrime) November 3, 2016
1st-Penn State... November 5, 2016
At one point, Conliffe looked like a good bet to end up in Penn State’s class. But after picking up offers from schools like Alabama and Louisville, the Nittany Lions have been brought back to the middle of the pack.
Conliffe hasn’t visited Penn State since late February for Junior Day, so suffice to say a lot has changed for the Nittany Lions program since then. Although Penn State is clearly playing catchup here, this is the type of recruit that James Franklin and company have a chance to sway with the newfound buzz around the program.
Ohio Defensive Linemen Also Taking In #WhiteOutX2
Vann and Hawkins are both four-star prospects according to 247Sports. Vann boasts offers from Notre Dame and Michigan State amongst others, while Hawkins has offers from schools like Florida State, Ohio State, and Penn State.
The Nittany Lions have slowly but surely made some strong inroads in Ohio, plucking Alex Gellerstedt, Antonio Shelton, Anthony Johnson, Sean Clifford, and Mike Miranda from the 2016 and 2017 classes. I wouldn’t expect 2018 to be any different.
Derp: Micah Parsons Is Visiting Ohio State
Penn State’s prized 2018 recruit, thoroughbred Micah Parsons, won’t be in Happy Valley this weekend. Instead, the five-star DE/LB/Everything will be headed to Ohio State with teammate 2018 WR Shaquon Anderson-Butts to see the Buckeyes host Nebraska.
Obviously, not good news, but Parsons taking visits is nothing new. He’s a kid that is clearly enjoying the recruiting process. As long as Penn State stays on its current trajectory — that trajectory being “good football team” — I wouldn’t worry too much about Parsons.